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Iran's Khamenei urges crackdown on illegal arms after cleric shooting

Iran’s top leader, Ali Khamenei

Iran’s top leader, Ali Khamenei, called on Sunday, April 28th, for a crackdown on illegal weapons after a cleric was shot dead in the north-western city of Hamadan Sunday, reported Reuters.

Khamenei said that the easy access to guns in the U S served only the interests of what he called “mafia of gun manufacturers.”

"In some countries, such as the United States, weapons are freely sold in the interest of the mafia of gun manufacturers and this causes problems for the people,"   Khamenei was quoted by his website as saying.

"But in our country there is no such problem and the sale of weapons is banned," he told senior police officials, adding that people must be prevented from obtaining firearms illegally.

Police said on Sunday April 28th that the suspect in the killing of a 46-year-old cleric in the western city of Hamedan had died in a shootout with police. The suspect's motive was unknown, Iranian media said.

"The killer ... of the cleric in Hamedan released images with four types of weapon on his Instagram page. It is the duty of police to fight such cases," Khamenei said, calling for controls on social media.

"Cyberspace has expanded a lot ... and represents both opportunities and dangers."

Guns are strictly regulated in Iran but are available in some tribal and remote regions. Poaching also occurs in protected areas.